Roxanne Krystalli

Roxanne KrystalliProgram Manager

Working with Feinstein Since: 2013
Based in: Somerville, MA

At Feinstein, Roxanne Krystalli focuses on how to better generate, synthesize, and use evidence in the humanitarian field.  Her own research focuses on patterns of violence in mass atrocities and on victim-centered transitional justice, paying particular attention to gender and other dimensions of power. She is also on the Steering Committee of Lean Research, a cross-institutional partnership to consider the ethics and practicalities of research in vulnerable or violent settings.

Prior to joining Feinstein, Roxanne worked as researcher, humanitarian practitioner, and advocate at the intersection of gender and armed conflict, with a particular focus on understanding and responding to the needs of victims of violence. Her past work brought her to a variety of places including Egypt, Uganda, Colombia, Guatemala, Sudan, and Mexico, where she worked with ex-combatants, refugees, and internally displaced people (IDPs), as well as victims and survivors of sexual violence, torture, and disappearance.

Roxanne received a B.A. from Harvard College and an M.A. from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate at Fletcher.

She has been recognized as a P.E.O. International Peace Scholar, Social Science Research Council Fellow, Ogunte Featured Social Innovator, and TEDx speaker, and she is a recipient of the Presidential Award for Citizenship and Service at Tufts University. Her published work has appeared in The Washington Post, The Conversation, Open Democracy, Women Under Siege, NextBillion, and the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative blog.

Research Interests:
  • Transitional justice
  • Gender and violence in war and transitions
  • Humanitarian evidence synthesis
  • Qualitative research in vulnerable settings
  • The politics of humanitarianism
Regional Focus:
  • Latin America
Most Recent External Publications:
  • Dyan Mazurana, Roxanne Krystalli, and Anton Baare. “Gender and Disarmament, Demobilization, Reintegration: Reviewing and Advancing the Field.” Oxford Handbook on Gender and ConflictOxford University Press (edited by Fionnuala Ní Aolain, Naomi Can, Dina Haynes and Nahla Valj) (forthcoming).
  • Roxanne Krystalli and Kimberly Theidon. “Here’s how attention to gender affected Colombia’s peace process.” Washington Post. Oct. 9, 2016.
  • Roxanne Krystalli. “The Colombian peace agreement has a big emphasis on the lives of women. Here’s how.” Washington Post.  Aug. 19, 2016.
  • Wilkinson, Cai, Evren M. Eken, Laura Mills, Roxanne Krystalli, Harry D. Gould, Jesse Crane-Seeber, and Paul Kirby. “Responding to# AllMalePanels: A Collage.” International Feminist Journal of Politics 18, no. 3 (2016): 477-491.
  • Roxanne Krystalli. “Why free love in the FARC isn’t so free.” Washington Post. Mar. 14, 2016.
  • Roxanne Krystalli. 2014. “Deconstructing the 2012 Human Security Report: Examining narratives on wartime sexual violence.” International Journal: Canada’s Journal of Global Policy Analysis 69(4): 574-593.

News Items

Feinstein faculty and researchers help students prepare for summer fieldwork
May 26, 2017

In May, Feinstein faculty and researchers conducted several workshops for students (particularly those with upcoming summer research internships) to help them prepare for practicalities in the field: Kim Wilson and…

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Roxanne Krystalli discusses humanitarian evidence on ALNAP blog
April 27, 2017

Roxanne Krystalli discussed the politics of humanitarian evidence and strategies for improving the humanitarian evidence base in a blog post on ALNAP. She describes the four overarching themes about the…

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Feinstein Research Projects

The Humanitarian Evidence Program

The Humanitarian Evidence Program produces a series of evidence syntheses to distill humanitarian evidence and communicate it to key stakeholders in order to enable better decision-making and improve humanitarian policy and practice.

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Feinstein Publications

Synthesizing practices of evidence appraisal in the humanitarian field
By Roxanne Krystalli, Lauren Emerson | November 2015

This paper synthesizes evidence appraisal practices to inform evidence syntheses in the Humanitarian Evidence Program. It is addressed to all audiences interested in humanitarian evidence, including but not limited to researchers,…

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Briefing Paper: Synthesizing evidence appraisal practices in the humanitarian field
By Roxanne Krystalli, Lauren Emerson | November 2015

This briefing paper accompanies a full report that synthesizes evidence appraisal practices to inform evidence syntheses in the Humanitarian Evidence Program. It is addressed to all audiences interested in humanitarian evidence,…

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